The Selectric took IBM seven years to design and manufacture. It featured a rotating ball-shaped type element and cartridge ribbon that traveled from side to side while the paper remained in one position, making for faster typing. Traditional typewriters used a different method utilizing a basket formed by individual typebars or stems that would swing up to strike the ribbon and paper.
The new and improved type ball moved across the page, eliminating the need for manual carriage return. It also eliminated annoying and time-consuming jammed type bars which were common on older typewriters.The new type balls were interchangeable, allowing different fonts and character sets to be used when necessary. The item "Vintage IBM Selectric i Typewriter retro 60's" is in sale since Wednesday, March 6, 2019. This item is in the category "Business & Industrial\Office\Office Equipment\Typewriters & Word Processors". The seller is "mysticevo" and is located in Jacksonville, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.